Ami Popper, who is serving a life sentence for murdering seven Arabs in Rishon L’Tzion in May 1990, is seeking release. A number of weeks ago, he submitted a request to remove a third from his sentence for good behavior since being imprisoned.

The Shin Bet however is opposed to his release, apparently to send a message to other ‘Jewish terrorists’ to not use him as an example. Another reason is that if he is granted release, Arabs who are serving life sentences will begin seeking release too.

The next time Popper will be eligible to come before a parole board will be in a year.